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'Orchesis 2004' Brings OWU Student Choreography, Dancers to Stage

December 3, 2003

[ 'Orchesis 2004' Troupe Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Ohio Wesleyan University Department of Theatre and Dance presents Orchesis 2004, to be performed at 8 p.m on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 6, as well as at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 in Chappelear Drama Center. Orchesis 2004 is artistically directed by Natalie Marrone, Assistant Professor of Dance, and will feature nine student-choreographed pieces performed by 19 dancers.

Featured among the choreographers in this year's production is a dance by senior Noah Jay-Bonn, titled Supreme Ruler of Four Square. This piece recreates the natural beats arising from jumps in the competitive sport of Freestyle Footbag competition.

To The End, choreographed by James Scotland IV, is a tragic story of mistaken identity, and a fight to the death. A special treat, this piece uses highly athletic movement associated with staged combat! Scotland is also choreographing Runaway Date, which pays homage to "the silent comedic films of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the like. It explores the pitfalls of dating and makes light of the nightmarish possibilities."

Sarah Meyers currently in her senior year choreographs Unbalanced, one of the most energetic and upbeat of the dances. The dancers play with stability and instability while increasing momentum to find out "how far they can push their bodies before they come off balance."

The Clown, choreographed by Rachel Stephens and Joshua Brown, depicts a figure's journey "trying to let go of his comfort to break through loneliness." Other exciting dances have been choreographed by Doug Hettich, Kevia Curry, JoAnna Slobodnjak, and Sarah Anderson.

Tickets are $7 for the general public, $6 for faculty and staff, and $5 for students and seniors. Reservations may be made and tickets may be purchased through the Chappelear Box Office at 740-368-3855.